WISE envisions a world in which Muslim women leaders are instrumental in creating a peaceful world anchored in gender equality and human dignity.

WISE Up Campaign

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A 365-page evidence-based book in collaboration with 72 authors aimed to counter extremism, hate crimes and Islamophobia.

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WISE Up Launch

Summit in DC, 2017

WISE Up Congressional Briefing

July 17, 2018, WISE UP Congressional briefing offers a plan by American Muslims to proactively engage in safeguarding all communities against hate.

WISE Up Townhall Hero

Tarek El-Messidi

WISE Positions

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence: A Violation of Islam

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Violent Extremism

Violent Extremism: A Violation of Islam

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Adoption and the Care of Orphan Children

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Female Genital Cutting (FGC)

Female Genital Cutting (FGC): Harmful and Un-Islamic

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Muslim Women's Issues

Gender Equality and Agency

The Qur'an defines gender equality as an intrinsic part of the Islamic faith

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Reproductive Rights

Muslim Women in the U.S. face some unique challenges in obtaining quality health care because of cultural and religious beliefs

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Religious Leadership

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2005. Muslim women workers pray during a rally to celebrate Labor Day

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Civil and Political Participation

The Qur'an exemplifies women's leadership by praising the inteligence, politics and acumen of Queen of Sheba

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Our change theory

Change Through Education

Empowering Muslim women through education, we conduct research and publish reports on pressing societal issues to empower Muslim women to lead the fight for gender equality.

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Change Through Collaboration

Foster a culture of support among Muslim women to create long term strategic goals for women’s empowerment.

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Change Through Communication

Function as an authoritative source and clearinghouse on Muslim women’s activism, heritage, and legacy.

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Change Through Action

Develop culturally sensitive and innovative approaches to end gender-based discrimination champion women’s rights.

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Follow WISE’s journey to discover 100 extraordinary Muslim women! Annually, WISE highlights the achievements of inspiring Muslim women who have shaped our societies in the past and those who are currently playing a pivotal role in transforming the lives of Muslim women.

Meet the WISE women


As these 150 leading Muslim women scholars, activists, artists and religious and civil society leaders – representing 25+ countries – joined together to develop a holistic and comprehensive vision for improving the position of Muslim women around the globe, WISE was born.

100 Imams Trained
15,000+ Booklets Produced on Domestic Violence Awareness
6000 Participants in Female Genital Mutilation Avoidance Program
25+ Countries Strong
3 Global Conferences
1000+ WISE Women Profiles
20+ Research Profiles on Issues Impacting Women

Muslim lifestyle

Muslim women in the news

Noor Wazwaz | NPR | 2017.23.4

“Mona Haydar is a Syrian-American artist from Flint, Mich. She wears a hijab with pride. She's been a performance poet for 13 years, writing about love, trauma, loss and joy. Earlier this month, she did something different. She released her first rap song, "Hijabi," along with an accompanying video. In just a few days, the music video went viral, with more than 1 million views on Facebook. Produced by Tunde Olaniran, it's reminiscent of Beyoncé's Lemonade visual album. It has a diverse female cast, vibrant modern choreography and camera work that creates intimacy with the viewer...”

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Jessica Roy | Los Angeles Times | 2012.4.8

"Rabia Chaudry is a woman on a mission. She’s the one who approached “This American Life” producer Sarah Koenig about Adnan Syed, who was sentenced to life in prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit. That story turned into “Serial,” the podcast mega-hit that debuted in 2014. The first season, which took an intense look at Syed’s case, has been downloaded more than 80 million times. Chaudry is a longtime friend of the Syed family who is convinced of Adnan’s innocence. After "Serial" ended, Rabia Chaudry co-hosted her own podcast, “Undisclosed.” Now we have her new book..."

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Sima Shakeri | Vogue | 2017.6.6

“The future of fashion is gloriously diverse. Minnesota-based model Halima Aden is making history as the first ever hijab-wearing model on the cover of an edition of Vogue. She is gracing the front of the June issue of Vogue Arabia. ‘All eyes on Halima Aden: The runway star shattering stereotypes,’ the cover reads. The 19-year-old Somali-American first emerged in the public eye as a competitor in the 2016 Miss Minnesota pageant, where she wore a hijab throughout and donned a burkini for the swimsuit segment. Though she didn’t win, it helped shoot her to fame...”

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